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Adrien Broner Says He's Fighting Lamont Peterson

BY Michael Woods ON August 25, 2014
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The world thinks that Adrien Broner will get past his next foe, Emmanuel Taylor, so you can understand putting that cart before the horse, and getting their salivary glands juiced up at the thought of an Adrien Broner-Lamont Peterson fight.

This pairing didn't pop up out of nowhere; Broner's posted this on his Instagram on Monday afternoon.

"I Just spoke with Al Haymon I got a new opponent and new fight date @kingpete29 for the IBF junior welterweight championship October 18th at the Barclays Center in New York!"

Sounds great, right? Peterson holds the IBF welterweight title, which he defended in a wipeout win over Edgar Santana on Showtime's Waterloo card, August 16. The 30-year-old DC based boxer holds a 33-2-1 record. His rep has been restored a li'l bit after his TKO3 loss at the hands of Lucas Matthysse in March 2013, with wins over Dierry Jean and Santana, and the interest in a Broner-Peterson bout would be much zestier than the buzz scene ahead of Broner-Carlos Molina, featured on the May Mayweather promotion, and the forthcoming scrap in Cinci against Taylor, an 18-2 Marylander who lost to Chris Algieri before rebounding with an eliminator win against Karim Mayfield on July 18.

I'm in!

Or I'm not...

Turns out Broner was just joshing. "They were just playing," Broner's trainer, Mike Stafford, told me.

Broner and Peterson get along, and don't crave getting it on, it turns out.

As for this Taylor, how good is he, Coach Mike? "We'll see Sept. 6," he told me. "I know Adrien is better."

Broner has been stellar in camp, the tutor said, and he's not too concerned if Taylor is maybe a better athlete, and has faster hands than the guy Broner fought in May, Molina. "It don't matter," he said. "He's not as smart as Molina is. He doesn't know how to survive."

Translation: we should get a better Broner than we saw against Molina, a guy who the 2013 Next Big Thing should have dispatched with flair and fury.

Regarding some other guys around the 140 pound plus sphere, what did he think of that Kell Brook-Shawn Porter fight? "Porter couldn't make the adjustment," said Stafford, "slipping a one-two."

What say you fight fans? Supposing Broner handles Taylor Sept. 6, what should he do next, if indeed he isn't fated to compete against Peterson....

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stormcentre says:

Hmmm.

Peterson is no Tomato Can.

Would be interesting.

Not surprised Broner was joking (again).

There's risk there.

The Shadow says:

These two guys are teammates and like brothers. Anthony, Lamont and Adrien have trained together out of the same gym pretty much since he turned pro.

Those guys will never fight each other unless someone's side piece gets involved.

Like I said many, many months ago, I predict we see Broner vs. Viktor P. for the vacant 140 WBC strap.

The guys in Philly say Garcia -- who walks the streets ripped at up to 170 pounds -- can't make the weight anymore.

He will be at 147 soon taking on the likes of Jose Looez and Jesus Soto-Krash.

Heck, I even heard him say he will go to middleweight.

But that's the deal with that.

oubobcat says:

These two guys are teammates and like brothers. Anthony, Lamont and Adrien have trained together out of the same gym pretty much since he turned pro.

Those guys will never fight each other unless someone's side piece gets involved.

Like I said many, many months ago, I predict we see Broner vs. Viktor P. for the vacant 140 WBC strap.

The guys in Philly say Garcia -- who walks the streets ripped at up to 170 pounds -- can't make the weight anymore.

He will be at 147 soon taking on the likes of Jose Looez and Jesus Soto-Krash.

Heck, I even heard him say he will go to middleweight.

But that's the deal with that.


Agreed, Peterson and Broner are not fighting each other. They are very tight with one another and have been so for quite some time.

And definitely do see Garcia heading north to 147. Right now at 140, the WBC has Postol ranked 1 and Matthysse ranked 2. And that fights possible.

Shadow, I do think you are correct though that Broner gets moved into this fight despite Matthysse being ranked 2 with Postol. Broner is currently ranked 3 by the organization.

In the IBF, where Peterson is champ, Matthysse is ranked 3 with two being vacant. The number one guy is someone named Cesar Cuenca who like Matthysse is from Argentina. I see Peterson vacating and following Garcia north to 147 (or maybe some catchweight) opening the IBF belt to be fought for. Matthysse, assuming he wins in September, will get bumped to 2 and go after his fellow countrymen for that belt. It could even be done by Haymon on the same show kind of like they are doing in a few weeks with Broner and Matthysse.

deepwater2 says:

At this point Broner and a risky fight are like oil and vinegar. Postol beats Broner. Garcia has unfinished business with Herrera and Lucas M.

brownsugar says:

I think Postol beats Garcia too... And I doubt we will see Garcia defend at 140 again.
Garcia knows who his mandatory is ....he can smell what's cooking and he doesn't like the aroma. Garcia walks around at a lean 165+.
Let's see what he can do at 147.

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